Saturday, April 13, 2013
Why Can't More Be Left To Our Imaginations?
I just finished watching Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and I must say, my favorite part of that movie is the relationship between the mermaid, Syrena, and the missionary, Philip. When he places his shirt on her and carries her, I melt. When she comes back for him and simply wants him to ask for help so she can save him, I melt.
To me, there is just something so beautiful in the simplicity of expression.
In the Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice, I absolutely adore the scene where Mr. Darcy helps Elizabeth Bennet into the carriage. The next shot we see is Mr. Darcy flexing his hand at having touched her. I have a tendency to multitask as I watch movies, but there are some scenes that draw me to the television, front and center, each time they come on. This is one of those scenes. Mr. Darcy's gesture is so simple, but speaks volumes about how he is beginning to feel about Elizabeth Bennet.
In the Emma Thompson version of Sense and Sensibility when Kate Winslet's character, Marianne Dashwood, thanks Alan Rickman's character, Colonel Brandon, for saving her when she became caught in a thunderstorm, I tear up. The look on his face is so moving. She has been less than sincere to him in her gratitude before, but this time she means it and he can feel her sincerity. It is so much more touching because he already loves her, body and soul.
The look on Gerard Butler's face in Dear Frankie when Emily Mortimer's character, Lizzie, is explaining why Frankie, her son, is deaf is almost indescribable. Even Emily herself in the extras on the DVD said that the look on Gerard Butler's face brought her to tears as they were filming. And, the kiss their characters share later on in the film is so incredibly perfect, but breathtakingly simple.
In a world where we are becoming oversexed and nothing is left to our imaginations in all avenues of media and literature, I welcome and cherish these quiet expressions of passion and feeling. There is so much more depth when all the intimate and private details are not spelled out for all to see.
I believe it's true what they say, "Sometimes less is more."
Do you have a favorite moment?